The New York State Department of Health confirmed on Thursday that a young child with measles was admitted to the Albany Medical Center, and members of the public may have been exposed to the disease.
The DOH said that if a patient or visitor was at the medical center on Jan. 31 or Feb. 1, and has not been immunized against measles, they may be at risk. The medical center is notifying patients at the hospital who may have been exposed.
The DOH confirmed that the single best way to avoid contracting the disease is to be immunized. A person is considered immune if they have received two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, if they were born before Jan. 1, 1957, have a history of laboratory-confirmed measles or if they have received a blood test confirming measles immunity.
The DOH said that individuals who may have been exposed at the medical center, and are not immune to measles, should contact their primary care provider.
Measles is highly contagious disease that affects the respiratory system. It is spread through nasal or throat secretions, and can lead to serious side effects and, in some cases, death. Symptoms include runny nose, cough fever, red and sensitive eyes, small bluish white spots inside the mouth and rash that begins on the face.